In the early part of the 2008 season, I had a conversation with a senior member of an F1 team who said they had already recovered 85 per cent of the downforce the ’09 regs were supposed to lose and that the the fitting of slick tyres meant the cars would go quicker than ever.
"Formula 3 Euro Series champions ART Grand Prix have completed their line-up by announcing deals with Jules Bianchi, Valtteri Bottas and Adrien Tambay, alongside Esteban Gutierrez, who was confirmed yesterday. Both Bottas and Tambay – son of former grand prix driver Patrick – will be stepping up for their rookie seasons in the category. Bottas won the Formula Renault Eurocup and North European Cup last year, while Tambay finished third in Formula BMW Europe."
Grandprix.com in now on Twitter
"[Martin] Brundle has his doubts whether the unrehearsed and unscripted interviews will continue to work, especially as the drivers – with other arranged media commitments while on the grid – are becoming increasingly reluctant to chat."
"Ganassi’s team of star drivers is led by defending Grand-Am champion Scott Pruett… This year he will again be partnered in the Rolex 24 by Montoya and Rojas in Ganassi’s #01 car, while Franchitti will drive the #02 Lexus-Riley with IRL champion Scott Dixon and Alex Lloyd." Ex-F1 driver Montoya aiming to win the Daytona 24 Hours again.
Christian Horner: "For an independent team like Red Bull Racing, the rules do create a more level playing field. With the restrictions that are coming into play, pretty much everyone has the same tools at their disposal. It's very easy to overlook that we are an independent team. We have got great strength of depth in people and the infrastructure is very strong. But as a non-works team, we lack the depth of manufacturer research and development and analysis. With the regulation changes, that becomes irrelevant."
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